Review: Chiyoko Super Rokkor 85mm f:2.8 Minolta

This is the lens from first years after WWII and it’s a part of history of Japans photo-industry, from the times when the poor and ruined country started the race against the worlds most famous corporations producing photo equipment and finally have won. The reason is clear – one glance at Super Rokkor 85mm is enough to see that it was created and built with incredible quality.

Some of amateur photographers says that they love real ‘glass and metal’ lenses, and this feeling drives them to create better photos than with lenses are built using plastic and rubber elements in construction. Quite often when saying these words they are holding in their hands something like Minolta MC or Canon FL or Nikon pre-AI, etc. I believe that these MC and FLs against this Chiyoko are looking like aluminum trinkets.

Lens review: Chiyoda Kogaku Chiyoko Super Rokkor 1:2.8 f=8.5cm C (Minolta – Japan) LTM/LSM/m39
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LensWars: Minolta MD 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 vs. MD 28mm f/3.5 vs. MD 35mm f/2.8 vs. MD 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD 85mm f/2.0

One of the best zooms of pre-AF era is going to fight against famous primes on the most used focal distances. Yes, that primes are powerful, so the victory of zoom looks impossible but it will be great even if it can shows at least a close level of sharpness.

Welcome to see the comparison of Minolta MD 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom, Minolta MD 28mm 1:3.5, Minolta 35mm 1:2.8, Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4, Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0
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Review: Minolta MD Zoom 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.5 Macro

Lens review: Minolta New MD (MDIII) Zoom 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 Macro.

Everyone knows the famous Minolta MD 35-70/3.5, which is appears wherever possible, but this MD 35-70/3.5-4.5 is much more hidden behind the scenes, and looks like a secret weapon for ‘those who knows’ – pathos words, but describe the idea. It has been tested by Great and Powerful Antony Hands in his The 35mm Shoot-out – as zoom which can compete with wide angle primes.
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LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD I Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD II Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. New MD 50mm f/1.4

Here you can see the comparison of Minolta-SR 50mm lenses – from Rokkor PG up to New MD – all are the best classic 50mm lenses ever, and this selection of winner is just an option – photographers can use any of these lenses without any doubts and without reading of this article, but it was curious to find out how the Minolta’s optics changes from generation to generation.

The comparison is big enough and maybe boring, so, if you prefer to realize details – you need the patience to look over all diagrams with samples, if you just interested who is winner – go to the end of article, but such way is not to recommend, because it would be better if someone controls the authors conclusion.

Note for collectors or those who know many about Minolta: ‘MDIII’ term is not using to don’t confuse the other readers, so plain ‘MD’ means ‘MDIII/New MD’ Continue reading LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD I Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD II Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. New MD 50mm f/1.4